The first-generation Ertiga was launched way back in 2012. The car, advertised as LUV (Life Utility Vehicle), became an instant hit because of its size, driveability and attractive pricing. It breathed fresh air into the segment and became an example of how useful market research is in our country. Maruti Suzuki is now planning to replicate its success by launching an all new Ertiga this year. In a mood to get one? Read along as we tell you 10 things you should know about the new 2018 Ertiga.
Various sources had earlier speculated the new Ertiga to be launched by August 2018. Going by the extensive and rigorous testing phase the car is going through, that is unlikely to happen now. However, the company reportedly has planned to launch the car in the festive season. This is similar to what many other automakers are doing in order to reap benefits from the festivities.
Maruti Suzuki has made the new Ertiga based on the new Heartect platform which made its debut on the current-gen Baleno. This platform is also shared by the Swift and DZire. The lightweight Heartect platform has a more rigid and stronger underbody to help comply with the new crash-test norms (BNVSAP) that are soon to be introduced in India.
Larger Dimensions, same Wheelbase
The new car has grown on all sides. It is now longer and wider by 100 mm (L) and 40 mm (W) than the previous-gen model. But it has been built around the same 2,740 mm wheelbase of the older car. The rear overhangs have grown a bit and so has the overall stance of the car. Expect the third row seats to be more spacious and practical in the new Ertiga.
New Hybrid Engine
The 2018 Ertiga will get a heart transplant and is expected to be launched with new petrol and diesel engines. Maruti Suzuki’s in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel engine can make an appearance instead of the current tried and tested 1.3-litre inline four-cylinder DDiS unit but this will happen in later stages of the car’s lifespan. Coming onto the petrol motor, the company will bring in a 1.5-litre K15B motor making 104 hp of maximum power and 138 Nm of peak torque. Also, speculation is rife that Maruti will introduce the SHVS hybrid system with the petrol model. This will result in huge efficiency gains. Also, the company will be the first in class to offer hybrid motors.
Maruti is gunning hard on this one so expect the car to come with all the bells and whistles. The main change on the dashboard will be a new SmartPlay AVN infotainment system that will support both Android Auto and Apple Carplay. We also expect the top-end models to get LED DRLs with projector headlamps.
Maruti is planning to bring in a new, more tough variant of the Ertiga later on. It’ll probably be named as the Ertiga Cross. It will be same as the normal car albeit some cosmetic changes to make the car feel more sporty and rugged. Usual changes made to cars by manufacturers in order to make them rugged include roof rails, skid plates, blacked-out side skirts etc. So expect the Cross variant to sport a few of these.
Earlier it was expected that the new Ertiga will be sold through Maruti Suzuki’s premium Nexa showrooms. This will not be happening now and the car will continue to be sold at regular Arena dealerships.
The current-gen Ertiga starts at Rs. 6.34 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. While the car has certainly grown in size and is more feature rich than before, expect the pricing to remain the same. A marginal rise of around Rs. 30,000 could be made but nothing that will break anyone’s bank.
The Indian Government has enforced a new car assessment program for India. It’s called the BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program) and is the dawn of new era in Indian car safety regulations. The new Ertiga will meet all the norms of the BNVSAP. Expect the car to be more safe and rigid-structured. Passenger safety features like ABS and airbag are standard across the whole range.
Maruti will offer a 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox which is expected to come with the new 1.5 litre K15B petrol burner. The automatic option will definitely be a boon in the city traffic and will increase the customer base for the new Ertiga.